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This article appears in the September 30, 2022 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.

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UN Must Remove the Causes for the War Danger!

Sept. 21—Readers are encouraged to sign both open letters to the United Nations, the joint letter issued by the Schiller Institute and the Foundation to Battle Injustice, and the letter issued earlier by Foundation, both of which are reproduced below.

Open Letter to the United Nations from the
Schiller Institute and the Foundation to Battle Injustice

The Foundation to Battle Injustice has appealed to the UN with an Open Letter to close down the Myrotvorets List in Ukraine that targets 4000 international journalists and other institutional people for assassination (“liquidation”), and demands a criminal investigation into the background of this operation. Many of these journalists are on that list because their coverage did not conform to the “permitted official narrative” of NATO about the Ukraine situation. But others are on the list because they demand a diplomatic solution before the war escalates beyond control.

We are rapidly reaching that point of no return. The latest meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at U.S. Ramstein Airbase in Germany shifted the war into higher gear by having NATO member countries send ever more sophisticated precision and longer range weapons to Ukraine. It is becoming obvious that this is already a war between NATO and Russia. The Ukrainian defense chief, Valery Zaluzhnyi, claims that Russia is about to use tactical nuclear weapons and demands that the West deploy preemptively the “entire arsenal of means at their disposal” against Russia. The “Kiev Security Compact” of the Ukrainian Government demands de facto NATO- and EU-membership for Ukraine, providing Article-5-type protection, which deputy chief of the Russian Security Council Medvedev has characterized as a “prologue to World War III.”

The real reason for the war danger and this escalation lies in the fact, that the Trans-Atlantic neoliberal financial system is heading towards a hyperinflationary breakdown crisis, as occurred in Weimar Germany in 1923, which has been caused by the decades of monetarist policies of profit maximization and liquidity pumping. The crisis of this system is already affecting the whole world, but especially the developing countries, with exploding food and energy prices.

The only way to eliminate the danger of World War Three, which threatens the annihilation of the entire human species, is the replacement of the present hopelessly bankrupt system with a new credit system, a New Bretton Woods, which relaunches the world economy and provides cheap, long-term credit lines for real economic development of the Global South. Since both the war danger and the threat of the looming collapse of the financial system affect the whole world, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is the appropriate place to initiate the creation of a New Just World Economic Order, which must take action for this now.

We appeal therefore to the UNGA to guarantee an open and free debate on the need to establish a new international security and development architecture, which takes into account the interest of every single country on the planet, not only for all journalists and individuals who are on the Myrotvorets list, but for all people who are contributing concepts to make the world a safe and better place.

We therefore appeal to the UNGA to convoke a special emergency conference to implement such a new international security and development architecture, and to pass a resolution expressing that intent.

Add your name to the open letter here .

Open Letter from the Foundation To Battle Injustice
To the United Nations on the Fact of Criminal Activity of the Ukrainian Nationalist Website ‘Myrotvorets’

British reporter Barry James said: “Every journalist killed or neutralized by terror is an observer less of the human condition. Every attack distorts reality by creating a climate of fear and self-censorship.” Unfortunately, for almost 9 years now, the situation described by Barry has been happening in Ukraine and Donbass.

Since 2014, the Ukrainian site Myrotvorets publishes the personal data of journalists from all over the world who cover the armed conflict in Ukraine or express a point of view that differs from the official position of Kyiv. Due to the activities of the Myrotvorets website, hundreds of journalists are exposed to the danger of physical violence every day.

Media workers on the list repeatedly reported threats against them, and some of them were killed. Twelve journalists from the Myrotvorets list died. After their death, the inscription “Liquidated” appeared on their pages on the site. The same thing happened to the page on Myrotvorets of the Russian journalist Daria Dugina, who died in a terrorist attack in Moscow.

The existence and operation of the Myrotvorets website violates numerous UN resolutions on human rights and the safety of journalists: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Security Council resolutions S/RES/2222 and S/RES/1738, General Assembly resolutions A/RES/74/157, A/RES/72/175, A/RES/70/162, A/RES/69/185, A/RES/68/163 and Human Rights Council resolutions A/HRC/RES/45/18, A/HRC/RES/39/6, A/HRC/RES/33/2, A /HRC/RES/27/5, and A/HRC/RES/21/12. All these documents are designed to protect journalists from harassment, intimidation and violence. Nevertheless, the administrators of Myrotvorets website are deliberately violating all these resolutions and endanger the lives of hundreds of journalists and freedom of expression.

The blocking of the Myrotvorets website is a matter not only of saving human lives, but also of upholding values and fundamental principles of civilized society. The publication of personal data of Russian, Ukrainian, American, British, Canadian, and Polish journalists, and journalists from other countries, on the Myrotvorets website should be immediately stopped, and the site should be blocked.

This will save hundreds of people from violent attacks and threats and will promote the freedom of speech. Only the UN has the authority to close this site. We hope you will hear the voices of people whose safety you have so fiercely defended over the years by adopting multiple resolutions and who are now in real danger because of the actions of the Myrotvorets website.

We, the journalists who have become victims of the atrocities of the Myrotvorets website, and the journalists who want to stop this flagrant violation of human rights, call on you to adopt a resolution that condemns the activities of the Myrotvorets website, and which will become the start of an international investigation on activities of this website.

Add your names to the open letter here .

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